29 Facts About Steve Ditko


Stephen John Steve Ditko was an American comics artist and writer best known for being co-creator of Marvel superhero Spider-Man and creator of Doctor Strange.

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Steve Ditko made notable contributions to the character of Iron Man with the characters iconic red and yellow design being revolutionized by Ditko.

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Steve Ditko studied under Batman artist Jerry Robinson at the Cartoonist and Illustrators School in New York City.

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Steve Ditko began his professional career in 1953, working in the studio of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, beginning as an inker and coming under the influence of artist Mort Meskin.

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Steve Ditko went on to contribute much significant work to Marvel.

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Steve Ditko continued to work for Charlton and DC Comics, including a revamp of the long-running character the Blue Beetle, and creating or co-creating the Question, the Creeper, Shade the Changing Man, and Hawk and Dove.

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Steve Ditko began contributing to small independent publishers, where he created Mr A, a hero reflecting the influence of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism.

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Steve Ditko largely declined to give interviews, saying he preferred to communicate through his work.

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Steve Ditko was inducted into the comics industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990, and into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994.

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Steve Ditko's parents were second-generation Americans: children of Rusyn Byzantine Catholic immigrants from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire .

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Steve Ditko's father, Stefan, was an artistically talented master carpenter at a steel mill and his mother, Anna, a homemaker.

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Shortly afterward, Steve Ditko found work at the studio of writer-artists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, who had created Captain America and other characters.

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Steve Ditko then began a long association with the Derby, Connecticut, publisher Charlton Comics, a low-budget division of a company best known for song-lyric magazines.

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Steve Ditko first went on hiatus from the company, and comics altogether, in mid-1954, when he contracted tuberculosis and returned to his parents' home in Johnstown to recuperate.

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Steve Ditko'd take those skeleton outlines I had given him and turn them into classic little works of art that ended up being far cooler than I had any right to expect.

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Lee turned to Steve Ditko, who developed a visual motif Lee found satisfactory, although Lee would later replace Steve Ditko's original cover with one penciled by Kirby.

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From 1958 to 1968, Steve Ditko shared a Manhattan studio at 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue with noted fetish artist Eric Stanton, an art-school classmate.

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Steve Ditko eventually desired credit for the plotting he was contributing under the Marvel Method.

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Steve Ditko contributed some of his most surrealistic work to the comic book and gave it a disorienting, hallucinogenic quality.

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Back at Charlton—where the page rate was low but creators were allowed greater freedom—Steve Ditko worked on such characters as the Blue Beetle, the Question, and Captain Atom, returning to the character he had co-created in 1960.

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Steve Ditko's stay at DC was short—he would work on all six issues of the Creeper's own title, Beware the Creeper, though leaving midway through the final one—and the reasons for his departure uncertain.

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Steve Ditko worked on the second and third issues of Tiger-Man and the third issue of Morlock 2001, with Bernie Wrightson inking.

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Steve Ditko returned to DC Comics in 1975, creating a short-lived title, Shade, the Changing Man .

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Steve Ditko revived the Creeper and did such various other jobs as a short Demon backup series in 1979 and stories in DC's horror and science-fiction anthologies.

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Steve Ditko returned to Marvel in 1979, taking over Jack Kirby's Machine Man, drawing The Micronauts and Captain Universe, and continuing to freelance for the company into the late 1990s.

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In 1992 Steve Ditko worked with writer Will Murray to produce one of his last original characters for Marvel Comics, the superheroine Squirrel Girl, who debuted in Marvel Super-Heroes vol.

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Steve Ditko supported neither George W Bush nor John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election due to believing neither would prioritize them.

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Steve Ditko said in 2012 that he had made no income on the four Spider-Man films released to that time.

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Steve Ditko was pronounced dead at the age of 90, with the cause of death initially deemed as a result of a myocardial infarction, brought on by arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

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